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N Cielcin He has not succeeded and for years has wandered among the barbarian Normans as captain of a band of mercenariesDetermined to make peace and bring an end to nearly four hundred years of war Hadrian must venture beyond the security of the Sollan Empire and among the Extrasolarians who dwell between the stars There he w. Find this and other reviews at The Reader in IndigoWhen EMPIRE OF SILENCE was first released I read many reviews comparing it favorably and unfavorably to THE NAME OF THE WIND And it occurred to me after I sat down and actually read through it what a hideously unfair comparison that was How that sets the reader up for disappointment and what a disservice that does to the author Because a major reason THE NAME OF THE WIND is so popular is that it allows readers to live vicariously through Kvothe to experience his many victories as if they were our own Kvothe wins you see many battles if not necessarily or does he the war And he racks up wins immediately or near enough to make no difference The story overflows with tidbits showing him outwitting his enemies manipulating the world to his benefit and such and sundry And since Kvothe is a born geniuspolymath it s like that from the very beginningEMPIRE OF SILENCE in contrast was not a book dedicated to watching Hadrian outwit outplay or outfight the universe it was a book I thought dedicated to dragging him through the mud And every time you thought he was going to pull himself out of the mud he just got hammered further and further down It got to the point where I was forcing myself to keep reading not because it was bad it s an excellent book but just because I as a reader was feeling Hadrian s pain and it was hard to see a light at the end of the tunnel when Hadrian himself was constantly prophesying even greater failures to come It didn t help that this book is extremely lengthy so the reader spends a lot of time watching Hadrian get kicked around Yes there s the idea of dragging someone down so you can build them back up but Hadrian spends A LOT of time being dragged down And the picking himself up parts seem much shorter than the others and less freuent Much of that dynamic continues into THE HOWLING DARK if not always at the same intensity In the sense that Hadrian s I am the hero in a fairy tale and Reality s just gonna have to deal with it mentality continues and though he wins out over Reality rather here than he did in EMPIRE OF SILENCE he s still not at KvotheHarry DresdenPaul Atreidesetc levels Though the ending gives reason to believe Book 3 will upend that at least partially in Hadrian s favorWe open with a time jump passing over the early years of the Meidua Red Company s time as mercenaries and picking up after they overthrow a dictator and pick up some new recruits an incident that seems important enough in story that I actually looked to see if there was a bridging novella I d missed The uest for Vorgossos and a peace we know will never come monopolizes THE HOWLING DARK I ll say little about how it plays out but know that while it is definitely a slow burn it is never ever a boring one By the end we get a clearer sense of the board our game is played upon and possibly about what sort of game is actually being played To say nothing of what pieces are really in play One thing I love about this series is how deeply it plays with the notion of the devil and all accompanying facets Hadrian s prose style is melodic but never forget that as Milton showed us Satan is Creation s most elouent child Hadrian Marlowe s Lucifer connotations were clear to see in EMPIRE OF SILENCE if somewhat underplayed thematically but the comparison really gets jacked up to eleven in THE HOWLING DARK and looks to go further still in future books Free will is the name of the game as are treachery and temptation and Hadrian s role in all of these is crystal clear as muck As an aside I think the series would ve been better served if it had played up the LuciferDevil themes of the narrative marketing wise rather than comparing this to DUNE or THE NAME OF THE WIND or some other book that hits completely different character and story rhythmsOne aspect I really adored worldbuilding wise was the Luciferian tie in with America I don t think it s too much of a spoiler to mention that the Mericanii play a role here though I won t specify how which makes sense of all the nations of Earth who has in common with the beautiful charming tempting better to rule in hell than serve in heaven Bringer of Light than America herself There s something so delicious about how Ruocchio transmits the common elements of my culture into Luciferian horror and even beyond to something explicitly eldritch To say nothing of certain other cosmic horror elements I just love cosmic horror Space opera without cosmic horror is like tea without sugar If books were food THE HOWLING DARK would be Death By Chocolate rich decadent inviting but something it takes rather a long time to consume I expected to have this review up a month ago at the latest but I d spend hours absorbed in the story only to look up and find I d only made it fifty pages So pick this up but be prepared to sink into the uicksand of the story don t expect a uick race to the endHighly recommended and I m really looking forward to Book 3A huge thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review Hope Street unfavorably to THE NAME OF THE WIND And it occurred to me after I sat down and actually read through it what a hideously Burkes Christmas Surprise unfair comparison that was How that sets the reader A Perfect Blood (The Hollows, up for disappointment and what a disservice that does to the author Because a major reason THE NAME OF THE WIND is so popular is that it allows readers to live vicariously through Kvothe to experience his many victories as if they were our own Kvothe wins you see many battles if not necessarily or does he the war And he racks Just Wars and Moral Victories up wins immediately or near enough to make no difference The story overflows with tidbits showing him outwitting his enemies manipulating the world to his benefit and such and sundry And since Kvothe is a born geniuspolymath it s like that from the very beginningEMPIRE OF SILENCE in contrast was not a book dedicated to watching Hadrian outwit outplay or outfight the Two Paradigms for Divine Healing universe it was a book I thought dedicated to dragging him through the mud And every time you thought he was going to pull himself out of the mud he just got hammered further and further down It got to the point where I was forcing myself to keep reading not because it was bad it s an excellent book but just because I as a reader was feeling Hadrian s pain and it was hard to see a light at the end of the tunnel when Hadrian himself was constantly prophesying even greater failures to come It didn t help that this book is extremely lengthy so the reader spends a lot of time watching Hadrian get kicked around Yes there s the idea of dragging someone down so you can build them back Kenget e Milosaos up but Hadrian spends A LOT of time being dragged down And the picking himself Early Chinese Religion, Part Two (220-589 Ad) up parts seem much shorter than the others and less freuent Much of that dynamic continues into THE HOWLING DARK if not always at the same intensity In the sense that Hadrian s I am the hero in a fairy tale and Reality s just gonna have to deal with it mentality continues and though he wins out over Reality rather here than he did in EMPIRE OF SILENCE he s still not at KvotheHarry DresdenPaul Atreidesetc levels Though the ending gives reason to believe Book 3 will At Europes Borders upend that at least partially in Hadrian s favorWe open with a time jump passing over the early years of the Meidua Red Company s time as mercenaries and picking We are the Ship up after they overthrow a dictator and pick Esoteric Buddhism at Dunhuang up some new recruits an incident that seems important enough in story that I actually looked to see if there was a bridging novella I d missed The Studies on Steinschneider uest for Vorgossos and a peace we know will never come monopolizes THE HOWLING DARK I ll say little about how it plays out but know that while it is definitely a slow burn it is never ever a boring one By the end we get a clearer sense of the board our game is played Fantasies of Cross-Dressing upon and possibly about what sort of game is actually being played To say nothing of what pieces are really in play One thing I love about this series is how deeply it plays with the notion of the devil and all accompanying facets Hadrian s prose style is melodic but never forget that as Milton showed Commanders Little Surprise us Satan is Creation s most elouent child Hadrian Marlowe s Lucifer connotations were clear to see in EMPIRE OF SILENCE if somewhat The Holy Roman Empire, 1495-1806 underplayed thematically but the comparison really gets jacked Come Hell or High Water up to eleven in THE HOWLING DARK and looks to go further still in future books Free will is the name of the game as are treachery and temptation and Hadrian s role in all of these is crystal clear as muck As an aside I think the series would ve been better served if it had played Propaganda Performed up a month ago at the latest but I d spend hours absorbed in the story only to look Hinterlands and Commodities up and find I d only made it fifty pages So pick this Untold Secrets of Planet Earth up but be prepared to sink into the Apocalyptic Cartography uicksand of the story don t expect a Doubts on Avicenna uick race to the endHighly recommended and I m really looking forward to Book 3A huge thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review

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The second novel of the galaxy spanning Sun Eater series merges the best of space opera and epic fantasy as Hadrian Marlowe continues down a path that can only end in fireHadrian Marlowe is lost For half a century he has searched the farther suns for the lost planet of Vorgossos hoping to find a way to contact the elusive alie. 25 starsThe first 13 or so is a slog There are so many references to events that apparently happened after the first book Empire of Silence and before the start of this one Half the time I had no idea what was going on and felt like there must have been a book I missed there wasn tThe second 13 was in a word boring There is just no other way to describe it The characters are stuck in a place called Vorgossos for what feels like Forever and yes the word must be capitalized Pages and chapters of existential angst inner musing and meaningless idle conversationIn the last 13 the characters finally leave Vorgossos At this point in the book I definitely felt some fleeting excitement This is where basically all the action in the book takes place but honestly it wasn t enough to rescue the book as a wholeOverall not as good as the first book and reading it felt the way the final few kilometres of a marathon must for the poor person struggling to finish and who wonders Why did I ever start this and when will it end 25 stars as is but could possibly have been a full 3 stars had it been cut by 50% In this case 832 pages is about 400 pages too many A man is the sum of his memories and he is the sum of all those others he has met and what he has learned from them And that is an encouraging thought for that knowledge and those memories survive and are part of us through every storm and every little death

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Ill face not only the aliens he has come to offer peace but contend with creatures that once were human with traitors in his midst and with a meeting that will bring him face to face with no less than the oldest enemy of mankindIf he succeeds he will usher in a peace unlike any in recorded history If he failsthe galaxy will bu. For me this was the best science fiction novel I red after Dune I wrote in my review to Empire of Silence that it was a 10 star book Well this is a 12 star book The writing is brilliant the author has a vast culture and you can find reinterpretations of Dante s Inferno or of the myth of Saturn Theseus and many others The main character is complex the plot is huge with unexpected twists the world building it s impressive There are a lot of deep thoughts on many of our existential issues Just for example how do you negotiate peace with a species that has no word for peace the closest euivalent being submission And yes those terrible terrible Cielcin


About the Author: Christopher Ruocchio

Christopher Ruocchio is the author of The Sun Eater a space opera fantasy series as well as the Assistant Editor at Baen Books where he has co edited four anthologies He is a graduate of North Carolina State University where he studied English Rhetoric and the Classics Christopher has been writing since he was eight and sold his first novel Empire of Silence at twenty two To date his boo



10 thoughts on “Howling Dark

  1. says:

    Howling Dark the second book in Ruocchio's Sun Eater Science Fiction series is a lengthy epic fantasy novel set in outer space that will take some time to read but is well worth the epic effort It postulates a future where mankind has spread among the stars mainly locked into a feudal empire with titles and an i

  2. says:

    25 starsThe first 13 or so is a slog There are so many references to events that apparently happened after the first book Empire of Silence and before the start of this one Half the time I had no idea what was going on and felt like there must have been a book I missed there wasn'tThe second 13 was in a word boring There is just no other wa

  3. says:

    Disclosure I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for a honest reviewEmpire of Silence burst onto the Sci Fi scene

  4. says:

    IT's been a while since I've given anything five stars But this is bravura storytelling people No it's not perfect Ruocchio has a few writing tics that are distracting and I still just don't get the Hadrian Valka romance at all But that's not important What is? It's hard to be surprised these days with anything coming out in publishing Well this surprised me If book 1 was formulaic but fresh until it got bogged

  5. says:

    This is the second book of the memoir of the palatine Hadrian Marlowe on his way to becoming the Sun Eater and a genocide of an entire alien raceIt picks up after some un chronicled adventures that occurred after the first book which is a bi

  6. says:

    Find this and other reviews at The Reader in IndigoWhen EMPIRE OF SILENCE was first released I read many reviews comparing it favorably and unfavorably to THE NAME OF THE WIND And it occurred to me after I sat down and actually read through i

  7. says:

    For me this was the best science fiction novel I red after Dune I wrote in my review to Empire of Silence that it

  8. says:

    I received a copy of Howling Dark from Hachette Australia to reviewOutstanding new author Christopher Ruocchio who blew me away last year with his debut novel Empire of Silence returns with the second book in his b

  9. says:

    Sadly a howling failure I enjoyed the first book very much which revelled in its derivative nature whilst being fun and original Th

  10. says:

    Space opera at its literary finest

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